Environmental authorities predict 75,000 tons of garbage this summer for the Yucatan coast

The state Secretary of Sustainable Development, Sayda Rodríguez Gómez said that in order to face the problem of 75,000 tons of garbage expected for the summer holiday season, Municipal and State Governments have installed two collection centers to cover the municipalities of Progreso and Telchac Puerto, that concentrate the largest number of tourists.

The official explained that these two collection centers will be installed in the ports of Chicxulub and Chelem, but will have to cover the municipalities of Telchac and Progreso, where more visitors are expected.

Progreso, Celestún, Sisal, Chuburna, Yucalpetén, Telchac, Chelem, Chabihau, Dzilam de Bravo, San Felipe, Rio Lagartos, Las Coloradas, El Cuyo and San Crisanto are ready to welcome tourists, both national and foreign, who will visit the coast during the holiday season.

The official said that the agency is continously monitoring the Yucatan coast.

“Right now, all Yucatan beaches are suitable for bathing and the water quality is optimal to welcome thousands of tourists traveling across the coast,” she added.

Rodríguez Gómez said that an agreement was reached with the mayors of Progreso and Telchac to collect the trash and waste properly, transport and deliver it to the storage centers for final disposal.

“The municipal presidents are committed to collect all the trash, make it available to be transported to landfills in the city of Mérida ,” she stated.

Secretary of Sustainable Development, Sayda Rodríguez Gómez (Archive)

It should be noted that every tourist who visits the beach produces approximately 150 grams of garbage and waste per day, and that’s how they’re calculating a figure of 75 thousand tons of waste.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom with information from the Secretariat of Sustainable Development